What we know now, we will know in full.
I have shared before that one of my favorite spoken word songs has a line that has always nearly brought me to tears, “I’m not there yet but I’m reaching, reaching for a goal to stand before my King and be speechless, then, never again will I question if his grace is sufficient to cover my sin.”
What we know now, we will know in full. When that day comes we will never again question if his grace really covers it all. I think if we can rest in that, we can live in an abundance of joy and freedom. Matt Chandler always poses that if something seems substantial and difficult now to ask yourself if it will be important 10,000 years from now. I think this perspective gives us a better one to think from and allows us to look at the little things right now that might be much more trivial than we think. It does not negate from hardships or sitting with pain now, but it allows us to breathe a little easier during difficult days.
1 Corinthians 13:12 says “For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.”
Many couples have 1 Corinthians 13 read at their wedding and people know it to be the “love chapter” in the Bible. Recently I was reading through this chapter and this verse stopped me in my tracks. I think the most beautiful part of it is the end of the verse, “even as I have been fully known.” It is a beautiful reminder that even though we don’t fully understand the things of the Father, we are fully known by him now. We can spend a lifetime trying to understand him and gain more knowledge about him and yet still know him only in part, yet even now he knows us fully and wholly. And the best part is, he loves us while fully knowing us.
This verse also talks about what we see in the mirror. Paul says that we can only see dimly in the mirror right now. When I think of a mirror and reflection I think of three things. I easily will burst out singing “Mirror” by JT because he’s the greatest artist of all time and we are working off of a crush spanning over three decades. I will spare you the memorized N’SYNC routines. I typically will next sing Christina Aguilara’s classic rendition of “Reflection” from Mulan because who wouldn’t. And thirdly, I think of Harry Potter and the Mirror of Erised. For all of you non-Harry Potter people, the Mirror of Erised is introduced to the reader in the first book and you find out it has some pretty magical qualities (I mean it is Harry Potter). What makes this mirror so special is that as Dumbledore explains, it shows the “deepest, most desperate desire of our hearts”. Even the name itself “Erised” is the word desire spelt backwards. I often pose this question to myself; what are the deepest desires of my heart? What are the stirrings in the interior places of my soul? What are my unfulfilled longings? These are all really hard questions and if I am being honest, I don’t always like hearing the answers I come up with. But I think they are important questions to ask as we navigate life and try to better understand our motivations and the driving force behind our actions. I think if we ask ourselves these questions then the answers can provide us a better glimpse into the current state of our hearts. And as we look in the mirror and try to better understand ourselves it should propel us to seek a greater understanding of the Father.
In reading this verse from Paul’s letter, I wonder if it can also serve as a reminder that while on this Earth we will never see things with complete clarity. We can’t even get a clear picture when we look in a mirror and I think part of what he is saying is that we won’t ever fully see ourselves until we fully see God. We see only “dimly” now. Our understanding of who we are and who he is will be seen with perfect vision when we are made complete and become who we were created to be. This will occur when we finally step into his presence someday and are able to see “face to face”.
We know in Psalm 37 the writer says we should delight ourselves in the Lord and he will give us the desires of our heart. I have been sitting with this passage again recently and my prayer over and over is that I would do just that, delight in him in order that my desires would become what his are. That my deepest desires would align with his. Though I know they don’t always do that, I am convinced that if I would truly delight in the Lord, he would continue to change my heart to the things of him.
My hope is that you would be encouraged toward this as well. That you would rest in the Father and that you would take delight in him. That he would return to you the joy of his salvation. And that you would recall to mind that his mercies are new every morning and that he is always faithful.
He will make all things new. We will know in full when his kingdom comes to Earth. And when he does that we will know in full just how much we are loved and just how good he is.